Turkcell receives ‘Best Product’ at 2012 Global Mobile Awards
Turkcell (Istanbul, Turkey) the leading communications and technology company’s Tıkla Konuş “Click to Talk” application has been awarded “The best product” at the 2012 Global Mobile Awards, which defines the leaders of mobile communications.
With its Click to Talk application, which is a global first, Turkcell has been the only operator to add Turkey’s name to the “winners list” during the GSMA Mobile Congress in Barcelona.
Turkey’s leading communications and technology company Turkcell has been ranked first in the “Best Network Product or Solution for Serving Customers” category, leaving behind five major rivals. Turkcell’s Click to Talk application enables Turkcell customers to make calls without having to see or dial each other’s phone numbers with a click on a button on Facebook. Turkcell customers can make calls on Gezenzi.com, gncPlay, Yonja.com, Rocconect and Turkcell Online Transaction Center with Click to Talk. So far, this application has more than 100,000 users on Facebook and calls realized through mobile handsets have reached 2.5 million minutes.
One of the most prestigious awards of the GSM sector, the Global Mobile Awards of the World GSM Association (GSMA) were granted in 8 categories and 31 branches this year. For this year’s award, which had 600 applicants and 158 finalists, Turkcell has been the nominee for “The best mobile money innovation” and “Best Technology Product or Solution for Safeguarding and Empowering Customers” awards in addition to “Best Network Product or Solution for Serving Customers”.
Emphasizing that Click to Talk is a global first, Turkcell CEO Sureyya Ciliv went on to say that the “Global Mobile Awards is a certificate that all actors in the area of mobile communication technologies all over the world, eagerly await. This year, Turkcell has been given the “honour” by the GSMA. Turkcell, which is an innovation leader in technology in Turkey, has once again proven with this award that it has the skills to sign global firsts and bests. Another point of honor is that we had Turkey’s name written on the “winners list” with this award. We are working hard for Turkey to become a country that produces the technology, rather than importing it, and we are pleased to see that our efforts bear fruits. Click to Talk is a real innovation. We, as Turkcell, are the natural supporters of the innovation concept and that we believe new and innovative ideas are meaningful when they turn into economic value. I thank all Turkcell employees who contribute to realize Click to Talk and the entire Turkcell community who become familiar with and use this service rapidly.”
Turkcell is the leading communications and technology company in Turkey, with 34.5 million subscribers and a market share of approximately 53% as of December 31, 2011 (Source: Operator’s announcements as of December 31). Turkcell is a leading regional player, with market leadership in five of the nine countries in which it operates with its approximately 64.8 million subscribers as of December 31, 2011. The company covers approximately 88% of the Turkish population through its 3G and 99.13% through its 2G technology supported network. It has become one of the first among the global operators to have implemented HSDPA+ and achieved a 43.2 Mbps speed using the HSPA multi carrier solution. Turkcell reported a TRY9.4 billion (US$5.6 billion) net revenue with total assets of TRY17.2 billion (US$9.1 billion) as of December 31, 2011. It has been listed on the NYSE and the ISE since July 2000, and is the only NYSE-listed company in Turkey.